This lesson introduces the development economics course and focuses on the goals set out by the UN, to improve the lives of the poorest sections of the planet.
What are the millennium and sustainable development goals?
Is the world on target to achieve the goals that it has set itself?
Lesson time: 40 minutes
Outline the current status of international development goals, including the Millennium Development Goals and the sustainable development goals.
Development - measures improvements in individual freedom, reducing poverty as well as the provision of public services – education, health care and the maintenance of law and order. Economic development is measured by the HDI (human development index).
Sustainable development goals - 17 life-changing goals, outlined by the UN in 2015. These global goals, also known as the ustainable Development Goals (SDGs), include ending extreme poverty, giving people better healthcare, and achieving equality for women.
Millennium development goals - 8 Millennium development goals that all UN nations committed to work towards by 2015.
Activity 1: UN millennium development goals
Watch the following youtube video and then decide whether the UN's millennium development goals have been met or not?
Activity 2: Sustainable development goals
Start by watching the following video and then summarise the 5 Ps which form the basis of the sustainable development goals:
Further reading on the sustainable development goals can be found at: SDG
Activity 3: Development simulation
End this lesson with this fun simulation: